Epes Transport Adds Natural Gas Tractors To Its Fleet
On November 14th, 2013, Greensboro, NC-based Epes Transport launched its first tractor powered completely by compressed natural gas (CNG)—bringing to its successful culmination the company’s 2.5 year natural gas education project.
Paul Huffman, Epes VP of Maintenance, said, “The natural gas-fueled tractor and tank technology is still evolving. It seems like we learn something new almost daily. Adding these tractors to our fleet is a critical step in our continued effort to reduce both the company’s carbon footprint and our dependence on foreign fuel.”
Huffman added, “What’s exciting about adding these tractors is that we are learning the technology in what amounts to a live classroom—which should be a big help to future company projects.”
Initially, Epes will run CNG tractors only in North Carolina. In February, Epes will add liquid natural gas-fueled tractors to its operating lanes in Georgia and Florida.
Alan Oakley, Epes VP of Dedicated Services, said, “Adding natural gas tractors is more than just another ‘Green’ gimmick. It’s given us a great opportunity to reduce our customer’s supply chain cost. Natural gas fueled tractors literally reduces our fuel costs; which enables us to pass savings along to our customers.”